Lincoln Square is a significant local open space in Carlton, in the heart of Melbourne’s Innovation District, valued by residents, local workers, students and visitors for its mature trees, sunny lawns and gathering spaces. Home to the first public playground in Victoria from circa 1907, play continues to be an important part of Lincoln Square.

Following works in 2016 to upgrade the plaza on Swanston Street and install an underground stormwater collection and flood mitigation system, the City of Melbourne has developed a concept plan for the entire park, to ensure that Lincoln Square meets future needs and community expectations.

Endorsed by the Future Melbourne Committee in April 2018, the concept plan sets the direction for improvement works over the next five years and outlines four key actions: expanded park, new play space, planning for trees and improved park amenity.

Works to implement the Lincoln Square Concept Plan are commencing at the end of May and will take approximately six months to complete. A new play space will be constructed in 2020.

Final concept plan

Community engagement confirmed a strong level of support for the draft concept plan and the four key actions. The following key changes have been made to the final concept plan:

  • Two new radial paths connecting Swanston Street to the plaza to address current desire-lines.
  • Change in the design of the east-bound bicycle lane on Lincoln Square South to a two-metre wide physically-separated lane adjacent to the park, including appropriate on-street markings to guide cyclists seeking to turn right into Swanston Street.
  • Redesign of Lincoln Square south to maximise park expansion by removing car parking on the park-side of the road and redistributing the parking bays on surrounding streets (resulting in no further parking loss).
  • Incorporating a new solar tree and technology to connect park users to the park’s rich biodiversity, stormwater harvesting and flood mitigation data.